Kane, others get punished, Clinton escapes – for now

Kathleen Kane, a former stay-at-home mom who became the first woman to be Pennsylvania Attorney General, will be serving a 10- to 23-month sentence for a retaliation scheme while in office. That dizzying plot line proves two things that have been true forever: Power can corrupt and, when vengeance gets involved, the results are never pretty. Kane, who already had lost her career, law license and reputation, lost her freedom when she was sentenced last week by Montgomery County Wendy Demchick-Alloy, who scolded her for an all-consuming ego. Kane’s term began with strong support for gay marriage a ramp-up of a child predator unit, actions that were view positively. The power of office became poisonous when she became obsessed over her predecessor’s handling of the Penn State child sex assault case and began a feud with one of the prosecutors, Frank Fina. That led her to leak grand jury testimony to a reporter and attempt to frame others for the link. We are glad Kane’s sentence term is what it is. She’s already serving plenty of professional punishment for the rest of her life. There was no need for a prison term of several years. But we can’t have the state’s top enforcer of the law leaking grand jury testimony. The term is certainly legitimate at a time when we consider that soldiers are punished for sending pictures to families in violation of military confidentiality rules and four-star general’s are punished for violating e-mail trafficking rules. In the big picture, attorney generals, military generals and soldiers are punished by the law. But a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, can expose this country and its military personnel to the nation’s secrets through the improper use of an e-mail server and destroy subpoenaed information with no punishment. Her activity is of such volume and scope that the director of the FBI director found it necessary to resume investigating the transgressions 11 days prior to an election that could make Clinton head of the free world. Compare the situations and try to explain that the law is being applied equally. It can’t be done.